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Tarantino to Head Jury at Cannes

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This year Quentin Tarantino will head the jury at Cannes and he's thrilled."For a film maker and film lover, there's no greater honour than to be on the jury of the Cannes Film Festival--the crowning achievement of a lifetime spent in cinematic obsession - a magnificent obsession"....

Angelopoulos Finally Delivers

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The long awaited "Trilogia: To livadi pou" by Theo Angelopoulos was shown February 13 at the Berlinale, a film expected at Cannes and Venice this year. Angelopoulos waited for overcast days to convey a special mood to his film which caused the delay. Despite the anticipation, the film turned out to be a sobering effect in this epic narrative,a finely tuned visual experience. The odyssey transpires from 1919 to 1949 when Eleni and Alexis are forced to flee Odessa to Greece as children where th...

Sweden wins Blue Angel

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The BLUE ANGEL for Best European film goes to Björn Runge's "Daybreak" with the prize of € 25.000. The festival jury also awarded the entire Swedish acting ensemble a special prize. Daybreak received several national Swedish awards, and best film prize awarded by the Swedish Critics Association.Moira Sullivan...

Berlin Wraps Today

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The grand awards of Golden Bear for best film and several Silver Bear awards, 54th Berlinale will be chosen today at 2pm with a red carpet awards ceremony at 6.30. The International Jury for 2004 composed of Frances McDormand, Maji-da Abdi, Valeria Bruni Tedeschi, Samira Makhmalbaf, Peter Rommel, Gabriele Salvatores and Dan Talbot, will announce the award winners.Moira Sullivan...

Berlin to Wrap Today

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Some of the most impressive films this year with winning potential are Patty Jenkins "Monster" powerbacked by Charlize Theron performance of serial murderer Aileen Wuornos and Patrice Leconte's "Confidentes trop intimes" a Hitchcock styled comedy starring Sandrine Bonnaire. Richard Linklaters "Before Sunset" , is also a welcome continuation of his "Only a Night" with Julie Delpy och Ethan Hawke back again.Moira Sullivan...

Sweden's Shooting Star

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Andreas Wilson is Sweden's Shooting Star that participated in the "Shooting Star" Event at the Berlinale February 8th. He was born in 1981 and attended the Tibble Gymnasium, where he was trained in both acting and singing. Andreas began his professional career at a young age, having been cast in several productions at the Royal Dramatic Theatre of Stockholm while still in school. On stage, he held the lead roles in several musicals, including West Side Story and Grease. In 2003, he made an auspi...

Fipresci prize will be annouced today

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Fédération Internationale de la Presse Cinématographique (FIPRESCI). The International Film Critics Association awards its prize to a film screened in each section of the Official Programme (Competition, Panorama) as well as in Forum. The Award Ceremony takes place on February 13, 2004 in the Kino Arsenal at 6:00 p.m. Jury Members: CompetitionDana Linssen (Netherlands) President of the juryMilan Vlajcic (Serbia-Montenegro) Mohammed Rouda (U.S.A.) PanoramaSheila Johnston (Great Britain) Esin K...

Charlize Theron Speaks Out Against the Death Penalty

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South African actress Charlize Theron criticized the death penalty after the international premiere of Patty Jenkin's Monster on Sunday, February 9. The film is included in the official selection for the Golden Bear at the 54th Berlinale. Theron who has won a best actress award at the Golden Globes and nominated for an Academy Award for best actress, plays Aileen Wuornos, a homeless prostitute who killed seven men who paid her for sexual services. Wuornos claims the first murder was in self defe...

Charlize Theron Speaks Out Against Death Penalty

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South African actress Charlize Theron criticized the death penalty after the international premiere of Patty Jenkin's Monster on Sunday, February 9. The film is included in the official selection for the Golden Bear at the 54th Berlinale. Theron who has won a best actress award at the Golden Globes and nominated for an Academy Award for best actress, plays Aileen Wuornos, a homeless prostitute who killed seven men who paid her for sexual services. Wuornos claims the first murder was in self defe...

Michael MacLear honored at HOT DOCS

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Hot Docs' Board of Directors has selected multi-award winning documentary, producer and broadcast journalist Michael Maclear as the recipient of its annual Outstanding Achievement Award and Retrospective. Mr. Maclear will receive his award at the annual awards presentation during the festival. Always a precise, informed, and thorough journalist, Maclear has produced a distinguished body of informative and factual television over the past five decades. His work ranges from incisive pieces for CBC...

Rolf Bähr will be awarded a Berlinale Camera

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For over thirty years Rolf Bähr has been closely affiliated with German film. From 1970 until 1990 Bähr was a lawyer for the German Federal Film Board; since 1990 he has been its executive director. In this function, Bähr has engaged himself with competence and wit in the country’s general film policies and funding. He has also keenly observed and influenced the development of Germany as a film location. In addition he was the several-time world, vice-world and European champion in sailing ...

Transport

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Transport a film by Silvio Helbig will be showing on February 12th, 9pm and 13th, 4 and 8 pmSomewhere in the future. A train driver of the powerful Transport Corporation is told by his controller to steer a course through the forbidden sector. When his train breaks down in a dilapidated tunnel of the forbidden sector the driver is bound to face a catastrophe. The CharactersThe driver Herold (Anatole Taubman), after having barely survived an accident, is on the verge of being evicted from the Tr...

Regina Ziegler will be awarded a Berlinale Camera

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The "grande dame" of German film and television has a weakness for red.!Since 1973 she and her company, Ziegler Film, have produced over 250 films, including Kamikaze with Rainer W. Fassbinder; the screen adaptation of Fabian, which was nominated for an Oscar, Andrzej Wajda’s Korczak and the comedy Suche impotenten Mann fürs Leben (In Search of an Impotent Man). With Erotic Tales – which was made by a number of internationally celebrated directors, such as Hal Hartley and Susan Seidelman ...

Selling Democracy - Welcome Mr. Marshall

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The programme series Selling Democracy - Welcome Mr. Marshall will be opened on Sunday, 8 February at 10:30 am by the curators Sandra Schulberg and Dr. Rainer Rother in CinemaxX 6. There will be a Q&A session about the series following the opening speeches.The following short films will be screened:Ich und Mr. Marshall, 13 min.The Shoemaker and the Hatter, John Halas, 16 min. The Story of Koula, 21 min.Nicht stören - Funktionärsversammlung, Hans Herbst, 16 min.Village without Waters, David Kur...

Willy Sommerfeld

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The Berlinale Camera is awarded to film personalities to whom the Berlin International Film Festival feels particularly indebted. By bestowing this honor, the Berlinale wants to express its gratitude and appreciation. The Berlinale Camera has been awarded since 1986. This year it will be donated for the first time by the jeweler Georg Hornemann from Düsseldorf. At the 54th Berlinale the pianist Willy Sommerfeld, the producer Regina Ziegler, the photographer Erika Rabau and the film patron and p...

Short Film Corner within cannesMarket

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THE SHORT FILM CORNER, A SHORT FILM MARKET IN CANNESThe Marché du Film is launching the Short Film Corner, a new market dedicated entirely to short films.The Short Film Corner represents a means for short films to play an invigorating part in the economy of the film industry by putting them in direct contact with production, distribution and broadcasting networks in a vast area of the Palais des Festivals, incorporating screening rooms and interactive screens.Professionals from all over the wor...

Weinstein Likes Evil

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Miramax co-chair Harvey Weinstein who was at the Berlinale for the opening film Cold Mountain said he was impressed by Swedish director Mikael Håfström and liked the visual style in Evil and what he got out of his actors. He spent time speaking with Håfström while in Berlin. Evil is one of the nominated best foreign language films for an Academy Award. When Håfström is in Hollywood later this month he will be speaking with producers, in particular about a Miramax project called Derailed...

Berlinale opening: Berlin and beyond

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Berlinale Opening Gala to be Broadcast Live in 5 Cinemas across GermanyEveryone coming to the Berlin International Film Festival has every reason to be as happy as a “bear”. Even Berlinale fans who are unable to make it to the capital now have cause to rejoice: the 54th Berlin International Film Festival opening ceremony on February 5 will be broadcast live for the first time in the history of the Berlinale in selected cinemas in Munich, Nuremberg, Cologne, Dettelbach and Hamburg. Thanks to ...

Ace producers delegation in Berlin

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ACE PRODUCERS ATTENDING…Alphabetical orer Chris CURLINGZephyr Film – UKHelena DANIELSSONHepp Film - SwedenOlivier DELAHAYEOdelion – FranceHand De WEERSEgmond Film & Television – The NetherlandsSol GATTI-PASCUALThe Bureau - UKEmmanuel GIRAUD + Catherine HANNOUNLes Films de la Croisade - France Martin HAGEMANNZero Film – GermanyBernd HELLTHALER Euroarts entertainment - Germany Marcel HOEHNT&C Film – SwitzerlandDariusz JABLONSKI Apple Film – PolandElise JALLADEAUArtcam Intenational ...

line up of stars opening the 54th Berlinale red carpet

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Stars from around the world are set to attend the gala opening of the 54th Berlin International Film Festival. The opening night gala ceremony in the Berlianle Palast begins today at 7.00pm on Thursday, 5 February. The evening will be hosted by Anke Engelke and Festival Director Dieter Kosslick. The Berlin International Film Festival will be opened by Minister of State for Culture Dr Christina Weiss and the Governing Mayor of Berlin Klaus Wowereit. The opening night film, Anthony Minghella’s ...

Screenings: March 2

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March 02, 2004 8:30 or 8:45 am* 9:00 am 11:00 am 1:00 pm 3:00 pm 5:00 pm Private Screening Darkhunters Baytong Artworks All American Boy Deserter   Je Reste ...

The Conference program

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AFM FINANCE CONFERENCE FRIDAY, 27 FEBRUARY 9am - 10:40amThe Future of Feature Film Financing: The Financiers & Facilitators11am - 12:40pmThe Future of Feature Film Financing: The CEOsAFM SEMINARS SATURDAY, 28 FEBRUARY 3pmThe New Cool Corners of Co-ProductionProgrammed by: Women In Film InternationalMONDAY, 1 MARCH 11amInnovative Models of Independent Film DistributionProgrammed by: Directors Guild of America2pmProduce This! The Business of Being CreativeProgrammed by: Producers Guild of America ...

Six Swedish Films in the Swedish Box Office Top Ten

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According to the Swedish Film Institute, the domestic box office chart for Sweden this week reveals some exceptional figures - six Swedish films in the top ten list.The Young Jönsson Gang (Lilla Jönssonligan på kollo) tops the list, closely followed by Teresa Fabik's debut feature, The Ketchup Effect (Hip hip hora), which went out on general release last Friday. The list also contains The Robbers (Rånarna) , Illusive Tracks (Skenbart) and the two Swedish Film Award winners, Daybreak (Om jag ...

2 new board members at Copenhagen fest

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TWO POWERFUL BOARD MEMBERS TO COPENHAGEN INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVALCopenhagen International Film Festival (CIFF) is proud to announce the two new board members Managing Director of Zentropa, Peter Aalbæk Jensen, and Managing Director of Nordisk Film, Kenneth Plummer.With these two powerful gentlemen at the board CIFF has gained unique competence and resources. Mr. Aalbæk Jensen and Mr. Plummer are very focused on making their best efforts to have Copenhagen International Film Festival become ...

Girl with a pearl earring closed Rotterdam

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IFFR 2004 Closing Night Film: GIRL WITH A PEARL EARRING by Peter WebberSaturday January 31, 2004 the 33rd International Film Festival Rotterdam closes with two screenings of three times Oscar nominated GIRL WITH A PEARL EARRING by Peter Webber, the adaption of Tracy Chevaliers novel about the 17th century Dutch master Johannes Vermeer.Colin Firth and Scarlett Johansson play the principal roles as Vermeer and his housekeeper. Webbers adaptation of Tracy Chevaliers novel depicts the painter and 17...
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